The study released this week by the CDC found solid increases in vaccination rates from 2015 to 2016, despite some attempts to politicize the issue. By 2016, 60 percent of all U.S. teens had been vaccinated at least once, compared with 67 percent in Georgia. The full vaccination series requires more than one shot, and only 43 percent of U.S. teens were fully up to date. In Georgia, that was 46 percent.
Vaccination rates were slightly worse in suburbs, and they lagged even more in rural areas, the report found. States where fewer than half of teens had had even one HPV shot included Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina and Wyoming.